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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
87% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Eight years after his cult fave Attack the Block, writer/director Joe Cornish returns with a YA spin on the King Arthur legend that kind of works... but also kind of doesn't. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2019
A 94% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) The luminous black-and-white musical melodrama is the kind Hollywood used to make, about an attractive couple who sing and fight and love together. Through this lens, it's a kind of romantic protest against a political nightmare.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
A 96% Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018) In a year of overtly political African-American films, from Black Panther to BlacKkKlansman, Hale County is something different, a deliberately impressionistic and exploratory film.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
10% Replicas (2019) A textbook example of the kind of nonsense that typically opens in January, Replicas begins as so-bad-it's-good, then quickly morphs into merely it's-so-bad. A must-miss.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2019
D 31% Welcome to Marwen (2018) The amazing-but-true story of the idiosyncratic artist Mark Hogancamp has been turned into a bloated Hollywood techno fantasy that has to be seen to be disbelieved. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
92% Mirai (2018) Well-observed and gently amusing, Mirai of the Future is perfect for kids and adult alike.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
92% The Great Buster: A Celebration (2018) Bogdanovich's comprehensive survey of the legendary silent film star includes multiple marquee interviews and properly situates Keaton as wildly ahead of his time. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
97% They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) It's weirdly fitting that fantasy director Peter Jackson should employ all the newest in film technology to construct this immersive World War I memorial documentary, which brings the horrors of the Great War mesmerizingly to life.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
26% Mortal Engines (2018) It has cred to spare (see producer Peter Jackson, the writing team behind the Lord of the Rings films) but Mortal Engines is epically inert with a chasm between the money we see up on the screen and poverty of the story.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
B 67% The Mule (2018) Earl Stone is a more gregarious guy than Eastwood's cranky old man in Gran Torino, but they're cut from a similar non-conformist cloth. Touches on currents of regret and social alienation without undue seriousness.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
A 93% The Favourite (2018) Shamelessly entertaining historical comedy. Humour entwines with tragedy here, with bold touches of absurdism and iconoclastic revisionism. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
C 89% Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) Talking-head interviews and re-enactments, not unlike an A&E celeb biography. It suggests Ailes' aggression was a response to his fear of death from haemophilia - which seems disrespectful to decent people with haemophilia.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
C 38% Tiger (2018) As ambitious as it is, Tiger is nevertheless a tame take on an actual Canadian sports triumph.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón's Roma is a childhood memory film, both beautiful to look at and intriguing to contemplate. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
91% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) An art film made the way art films should be made, director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's sprawling and powerful latest conjures everything from Chekhov to Bergman but remains his own.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2018
83% The Drawer Boy (2017) Excellently acted and directed, this adaptation of Michael Healey's 1999 stage play preserves the essence of the source material while adding many unique elements.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2018
83% Creed II (2018) The latest installment in the seemingly endless Rocky franchise offers nothing new but still may appeal to fans of the genre. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
B 89% A Private War (2018) A Private War, struggles with a question Colvin asked repeatedly: What do you have to show to make people care about other's suffering? It suffers the same dilemma as the media itself, numbing us with a message of helplessness. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2018
C 59% The Front Runner (2018) Jackman's subdued, oddly uncharismatic performance of Gary Hart, a man of "big vision," is the movie's weak point. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
B-plus 92% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) The Coens' Western feature/miniseries is extremely watchable, packed with curios and contrasts and narrative twists, filled with the sincere and the ersatz, the stupid and the clever, the grotesque and the goofy. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
58% The Grinch (2018) This reboot of the beloved classic will doubtless entertain the wee ones, but it fails to better the original 1966 TV special which remains a must-see holiday staple.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
81% Overlord (2018) The world may or may not be ready for a Nazi Holocaust film. Perhaps a better question is: why bother revisiting such vile real-life horrors at all? Pointless "entertainment."‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
93% Transit (2019) Director Petzold summons Kafka and Hitchcock in this taut thriller which explores present-day fascism and anti-immigration sentiments through the lens of Germany's troubled past.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
34% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) A patchwork amalgamation of the Nutcracker, Narnia, The Wizard of Oz and (insert your favourite fantasy film here), this House of Mouse offering simply and not surprisingly fails to coalesce. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
64% Suspiria (2018) Painstakingly calculated and chock-full of Tilda Swinton, Luca Guadagnino's bloated remake of Dario Argento's 1977 classic is a textbook example of pretension and historically cavalier.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
95% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Sure to land on many best-of lists for 2018, Lee Chang-dong's gripping thriller manages to unpack genuine suspense alongside sharp social critique.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
B 77% Mid90s (2018) In the end, Hill is inclined to land closer to the heartfelt teen dramas of S.E. Hinton (The Outsiders, Rumblefish) than the docudrama grittiness he affects - with an ending out of an Afterschool Special.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
B 89% Maria By Callas (2018) One of the problems of Volf's "in her own words" approach is it makes for an elliptical biography. Little back-story, but lots of soundtrack and scenes of Callas at airports, looking devastating in her Kohl-eye makeup and fur stoles‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
37% Hunter Killer (2018) It aspires to be a taut geopolitical thriller but Donovan Marsh's submarine actioner is hobbled by clichés, middling acting, and the fact that even weirder stuff is happening for real.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
100% Restoring Tomorrow (2018) Wolf's compelling story is often hobbled by corny cinematic devices and a subservience to Hollywood convention. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
76% Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres!) (2018) This hallucinogenic crime drama revels in retro-European exploitation cinema of the sixties and seventies with a care that borders on reverence.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
B 97% The Hate U Give (2018) A paradoxically angry crowd-pleaser drawn in broad emotional strokes, The Hate U Give is an exemplary post-Black Lives Matter story of political consciousness-raising.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
100% Minding the Gap (2018) This gripping autobiographical doc from first-time filmmaker Bing Liu speaks volumes about contemporary rust-belt USA, masculinity and abuse. One of the year's best. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
83% My Generation (2017) Actor Michael Caine's rose-coloured look at 1960s London enjoyably highlights class divides, changing of the guard and very righteous threads. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
65% Lizzie (2018) Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart bring a modern feminist twist to a classic 19th century true-murder tale, for better and worse. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Though perhaps not Moore's most persuasive work, Fahrenheit 11/9 nevertheless hits multiple worthy targets while capturing the caustic levity of past films. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
66% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Horror maestro Eli Roth's kid-friendly fantasy is hobbled by a lukewarm story despite its great cast and terrific set design.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
B-plus 92% Mandy (2018) While Mandy works well as Midnight movie shlock, the film's mournful tone and obsessive style go beyond the genre requirements. Cosmatos has preserved the pop culture of his childhood in a jelly of intense emotions.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
A 88% First Man (2018) First Man is not the last word in space movies. But it is an original. even poetic account of astronaut Neil Armstrong's personal journey to stand on the lunar surface in 1969. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Director Jenkins' follow-up to his Oscar-winning Moonlight aspires to a fable-like timelessness but feels dated and lead-footed. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
20% Nekrotronic (2018) Splatter-heavy, self-congratulatory horror-comedy in a "whoa-dude" mode that aspires to Ghostbusters or Shaun of the Dead, where evil oozes off the internet via a Pokémon-style game that captures snaps of demons. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
78% Mouthpiece (2018) Rozema wields style and restraint, preserving the play's conceptual wit as Cassandra takes calls, shops for the funeral, and battles with herself while composing an honest and loving eulogy for her mother. ‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
94% Support the Girls (2018) Andrew Bujalski's sharply observed workplace comedy gains gravitas from its basis in U.S. economic reality and from a terrifif Regina Hall.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2018
91% Nico, 1988 (2018) Danish actress Trine Dyrholm channels the tortured (sometimes grimly funny) former Factory Girl in a bravura performance that depicts artist as monster.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
B 79% Alpha (2018) Filmmakers often complain that critics and audiences keep asking for something different, and that when they get it, they reject it. Alpha is that something different, an unexpected shot of originality for summer fare.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
B 23% Mile 22 (2018) Though high-minded and slick, Mark Wahlberg's latest actioner is a predictable and at times head-scratching gumbo.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
B 89% Skate Kitchen (2018) As fresh as the female perspective is, as Skate Kitchen circles and swoops through the Manhattan twilight toward its conclusion, there is a sense of missed potential, that there are better stories to tell that were missed in the rush to drama.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Thanks to a terrific cast, who buoy the film beyond its knuckleheaded premise, Crazy Rich Asians is a satisfying watch but could easily have been much better.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
A-minus 95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Lee isn't overbearing about portraying the KKK cell as fools, though not subtle either.The movie veers between the entertainingly campy and preachy.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2018
C 45% The Meg (2018) Audiences looking for a so-bad-its-good bit of kitsch will likely be let down. The Meh - sorry, The Meg - is so calculatedly flattened out for its Chinese financiers and market, that even the dialogue feels as though it's in translation.‐ Original Cin
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018